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Illegal puppies seized at NI ports
Over 2,000 checks were carried out at Belfast and Larne ports between 3 and 10 December. (Stock photo)
Officials say puppy trafficking “will not be tolerated” 

Thirty-four illegal puppies have been seized in a matter of days at ports in Northern Ireland, during a series of vehicle checks.

Over 2,000 checks were carried out at Belfast and Larne ports between 3 and 10 December.

Working with local councils, the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) found puppies without the correct paperwork - in some cases being kept in inadequate conditions.

DAERA’s head of animal health and welfare policy, Jackie Robinson, said: “The illegal movement of dogs through our ports will not be tolerated.

“Anyone who may have information on the illegal movement of dogs or an illegal breeding establishment can contact the relevant authorities. Contact details are available on the DAERA website.”

Patricia Allen, chair of the Local Government Animal Welfare Project Board, added: “Councils give a high priority to the welfare of domestic pets and operate a rigorous enforcement policy to ensure full compliance of regulatory requirements.”

Councils are now taking follow up action for the puppies found during this exercise.

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New road sign to protect small wildlife

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 Transport secretary Chris Grayling has unveiled a new road sign to help cut traffic accidents and protect small wildlife, particularly hedgehogs.

Local authorities and animal welfare groups are being asked to identify accident and wildlife hotspots where the sign - which features a hedgehog - should be located.

Government figures show that more than 600 people were injured in road accidents involving animals in 2017, and four people were killed. These figures do not include accidents involving horses. The new sign will be used to warn motorists in areas where there are large concentrations of small wild animals, including squirrels, badgers, otters and hedgehogs.  

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NOAH members re-elect Jamie Brannan as chair

Jamie Brannan, senior Vice President of Zoetis, has been re-elected as chair of NOAH for 2019/20, during this year’s AGM, held in London.

Mr Brannan joined Zoetis and the NOAH board in 2016, becoming NOAH’s vice-chair in 2018 and replacing Gaynor Hillier as chair later that year.

He commented: “I am extremely pleased to have been elected by the NOAH membership and am proud to be able to represent our industry at such a critical time for the UK animal health industry. I look forward to driving forward our new NOAH Strategy and to working with our members, old and new, in the coming year.”